Hello Everyone

Welcome to my blog this week on professionalism. For this week’s blog, I watch a video on professionalism. The video talked about a former nursing student by the name of Doyle Byrnes. I will provide an overview of the video regarding my views on the video as well as deconstruct the situation and everyone’s role within the situation. Also, I will review the CNO standards of Professional Practice.

Quick Synopsis of the case scenario (video)

Doyle Brynes, along with six other nursing students, went to the medical lab to examine a human placenta. Doyle asks her professor if she could take a picture of the placenta and share the experience with their family and friends on Facebook. Their professor provided permission, and Doyle took the picture and posted it on Facebook. Three hours later, she was asked to remove it from Facebook and was later expelled from the nursing program. Doyle took legal actions and won the case and was allowed back in school to complete her nursing program.

Deconstructing the Case Scenario I watch the video twice to ensure I gain an in-depth understanding of what happened. First, the teacher provided consent for the students to take a picture of the human placenta as long as all identifiers were removed from the placenta. According to the case scenario, the professor was aware that the picture would be placed on social media and still allowed the students to take a picture of the human placenta. Therefore, the professor should be held responsible, as well. The scenario does not imply what happens to the professor, but the students were expelled. In my opinion, I do not believe the nursing students should have been expelled from the program. I am not saying what they did is correct, but they were given permission, and no patient identifiers were attached to the placenta. I agree with one of the judge’s statement; no one looking at the placenta could be able to identify that the placenta came from a specific patient. The nursing students should have been provided with a written warning, but to dismiss from the program I think was a bit extreme. Given the fact, the students were given permission; a written warning would appear reasonable.  The school should then have a  meeting with the professor and all the students and ensure the policies and conduct on posting items on social media are re-instated, and students are fully aware of the policies and what not to post on social media. I believe the judge’s decision to allow Doyle and the other students to go back to the program was fair. Schools and Employers should ensure their policies are up to date and accurate and ensure everyone understands the policies on social media.

CNO Professional Standards, Revised 2002

The standards outline nurses accountability to the public and what the public should expect from a nurse (Colleges of Nurses of Ontario [CNO], 2018).  Nurses are accountable for their practice and conduct (CNO, 2018). Within my blog, I will focus on how a nurse in an educator role should demonstrate the standards.

  • Ensuring appropriate supervision of students
  • Communicating the level of preparation of the students and the objectives of the learning experiences
  • The nurse educator uses standards of practice and evidence-based knowledge to educate students
  • Ensuring that nursing students receive appropriate education, support, and supervision when acquiring new knowledge and skills.
  • Support nursing student to engage in ongoing learning.
  • Facilitate an environment that promotes question and learning

(CNO, 2018)

It is the professors and the educator (school) responsibility to ensure students are aware of policies and what to do and not to do. Students need guidance, and I believe the school failed to provide such guidance and then, in the end, expelled the students. The professional standards imply that educators (school) should facilitate questions and promote learning; therefore, the professor should have taught the students the ramification of posting pictures on social media. Nursing students often misuse social media by posting pictures of themselves in the clinical setting or on social media. It is becoming a growing concern (Westrick, 2016). Students will often post pictures on facebook of the patient or other items. As a result, faculty are facing lawsuits from patients for breach of their privacy and confidentiality (Westrick, 2016). After reflecting on this article, it is imperative for schools to educate their students on the pro and cons of using social media.


College of Nurse of Ontario. (2018). Professional Standards, Revised. Retrieved from

(n.d.). Retrieved July 04, 2019, from

Westrick, S. J. (2016). Nursing Students’ Use of electronic and social media: Law, Ethics, and E-Professionalism. Nursing Education Perspectives (National League for Nursing), 37(1), 16–22.

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